Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and philanthropist, reacted to queries over his association with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein by stating, “There was never a relationship.”
In an answer to a query from an Australia Broadcasting Corporation journalist, Gates stated, “I had dinner with him and that’s all.” After being questioned if there was a relationship between Epstein and the Gates Foundation, Gates said “there was never any.”
Sarah Ferguson, the reporter, inquired if he regretted the connection, stating it was against Melinda’s desires.
“You’re going back in time. Though, I will admit for the umpteenth time that I shouldn’t have had meals with him,” Gates stated in an interview released on January 30.
Ferguson observed that Epstein was interacting with “sexually compromised individuals” and inquired whether his ex-wife had warned him about this. “No,” Gates answered.
Every time someone mentions Jeffrey Epstein to Bill Gates, his brain starts functioning like it’s Windows 95. pic.twitter.com/45ZJ5SXxLD
— Samé (@somalinomad21) January 31, 2023
PBS NewsHour presenter Judy Woodruff questioned Gates, one of the richest persons in the world, in 2021 on if he had a relationship with Epstein or not.
Gates responded similarly at the time, indicating he had “dinners” with Epstein and in an Australian television interview, he claimed the same.
“What were you aware of when you met with him, as you stated, in an attempt to get money?” Woodruff questioned Gates
“I’ve had dinners with him, as you know. I regret my actions,” Gates answered. “He had ties with people he said would donate to global health, an area of interest for me. Not nearly enough generosity goes in that area, you know.”
At the time, Gates said “those meetings were a mistake.”
Melinda French Gates, Bill’s ex-wife, expressed displeasure over his encounters with Jeffrey Epstein to CBS in 2022.
“I decided to see who this person was and I immediately regretted my decision,” she remarked. “He was revolting. He was the embodiment of wickedness. Afterward, I had nightmares about it. My heart aches for these young ladies.”
💥Bill Gates new interview with Australian media, says “I had dinner” with Jeffery Epstein, that’s all. Yet his wife in another suggests more than that 🤔
— Ash Kaira (@ashkairaa) January 30, 2023
Before the CBS broadcast aired, Bill Gates informed the media his encounter with Epstein was “a grave error of judgment” that he greatly regretted.
In May, Gates told The Times of London that the meals were part of his fundraising efforts but “didn’t result in what he said, so I stopped them.”
Gates continued, “At the time, I was unaware these encounters would be perceived as lending him credence. You are essentially stating, ‘I excuse that sort of behavior’ or whatever.”
The Epstein Mystery
Epstein, awaiting prosecution on sex trafficking accusations, died in August 2019. He was discovered hanging in his Manhattan detention cell, sparking curiosity.
Epstein, 66, hung himself with his bedsheets, according to the New York City Medical Examiner.
After vivid images of Epstein’s death were released in early 2020, forensics expert Michael Baden, who worked for the same medical examiner’s office, claimed it was “more suggestive of homicide.”
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, was convicted of child sex trafficking in 2021. She is serving a 20-year sentence in FCI Tallahassee. Maxwell told a British TV show that Epstein did not murder himself.
Epstein’s influential connections and acquaintances — politicians, business tycoons, celebrities, and high-powered lawyers — added to the mystery surrounding his jailhouse murder.This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.